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Jun
26
Wed
Open Mic
Jun 26 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Jun
28
Fri
Citizen Jane
Jun 28 @ 7:30 pm

Citizen Jane is a Canadian folk-pop duo that lovingly crafts songs about our society’s potential to evolve in the current political climate (though the occasional love song is inevitable).

Citizen JanePercussive and lyrical bowed strings marry with rhythmically driven guitar and powerful, interwoven vocal harmonies to create a sound that is two parts daydream; one part grunge.


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The duo’s upcoming album, High Tide (June 2019), infuses their organic folk sound with subtle electronic flavours, colouring traditional influences with a contemporary pop aesthetic. 

Hailed a “delight” by Folk Radio UK, Reenie and Lea spark a uniquely intimate connection with all audiences, and love including layered sing-alongs in their live performances. 

 

Their debut album, In the Storm, was released in the fall of 2017, to exciting reviews:

“exquisitely performed… an accomplished chamber folk-pop album of grace and elegance” 

     – Folk Radio UK

“diverse and multifaceted”

     – Curve Magazine

“In the Storm illustrates an effortless take on folk-style music. Their honest poetry and musicianship… makes for brilliant artistry.” 

     – Permanent Rain Press

 

The duo consists of married couple Reenie Perkovic (vocals, guitar, mandolin) and Lea Kirstein (viola, cello, vocals), who met while studying classical music on the west coast. The ladies have since made a home in Toronto’s vibrant music scene, while continually touring across Canada and the States, with upcoming tours in Europe.

Reenie grew up in the Toronto area, after her family escaped the civil war in her birthplace, Sarajevo, Bosnia. She went west to study percussion and composition at UVic, where she wrote contemporary classical works that were read by the Victoria Symphony. While studying, she continued to play guitar and lead pop bands, touring locally and playing festivals. Reenie was a semi-finalist in the 2016 UK Songwriting Contest, and has released 3 solo albums. She has opened for Juno-nominated Alysha Brilla, and Annabelle Chvostek (Wailin’ Jennys).

Lea is an acclaimed violist and fiddler, who grew up in Victoria, BC, where she studied viola and music education at UVic. Classical musician by day and fiddler by night, Lea discovered new ways of melding the two styles into one. Her passion for these genres took her across Canada & the U.S. with the Folk Arts Quartet. She has recorded with Juno-nominated artists Oliver Schroer and Teresa Doyle.

The duo is passionate about building community & education, and frequently offers workshops at schools, camps, and festivals.

Jul
3
Wed
Open Mic
Jul 3 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Jul
5
Fri
Campbell Wills Duo
Jul 5 @ 7:30 pm

The Old Church will host a musical anniversary Friday July 5th at 7:30pm.

This year marks 30 years of rockin’ and rollin’ by the Campbell Wills Duo. Rett Wills and Tim Campbell, two guitarists that sound like a four piece band, will be playing their brand rock and roll, Tim Campbell Rett Willsrhythm and blues, with some original tunes thrown into the mix.

Tim and Rett have been playing since they were twelve years old and they both have their own trios:  The “Tim Campbell Trio” and  Rett’s “Northern Voodoo” trio. Also, both perform Solo thru-out South-Eastern Ontario.

Their different styles mesh seamlessly and they’ve been together so long the show is loose and amusing. Don’t miss an evening of ‘killer’ guitar playing and singing.


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Jul
10
Wed
Open Mic
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Jul
12
Fri
Sharpen the Acts IV – One Act Play Festival
Jul 12 @ 7:30 pm

SHARPEN THE ACTS – PART IV
Each performance, three original one act plays.

Experience three curated plays by local writers in a unique, rural venue.

 

Performances:

Friday July 12th @7:30 PM

Saturday July 13th @7:30PM

and Sunday July 14th @2 PM

 


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“Transplant” by Mihal Zada ~ Directed by Matthew Sheahan. 

Lydia – Alexandra Bell

George – Scott Roodvoets

Paula (Officer Rezwani)- Ruth Laliberte

Andrew (Officer Lewis) – Joshua Kelly

Lydia is spending some quiet time at home while her husband George is off at the cottage with his cousin Steve, when two police officers arrive with some horrible news.  There’s been an accident and George is left incomplete.  Can something that is lost really be replaced?  Can we ever be made whole again?  Does it matter where the parts come from?  George returns home to a partner who is trying to make him come to grips with his alterations, but will he return the favor?  Can they survive the transplant?

 

“Jam Jar” by Peter Coy ~ Directed by Bill McMahon. 

PHD Student – Wendy Roy

Subject 1 – Sylvia Wan

Subject 2 – Penny Barker

Subject 3 – Heather Muir

TLGA – Margaret Ruttan.

A key is a device that is used to operate a lock. The key serves as a security token for access to the locked area; only persons having the correct key can open the lock and gain access. Locks and keys have managed to infuse themselves into every aspect of our lives. Join our PHD student as she conducts her experiment to determine whether the participants reveal themselves as locks or keys.

 

“Roadside Attraction” by Richard Lummiss ~ Directed by Karen Lupu-Jacobsohn 

Petra –  Dejaye Sproat

Martha – Lynette Thibeau

John – Bryan Coates

Larry – Scott Roodvoets .

Petra is the owner of Pete’s Big Beaver Café, open to travelers on a cold and stormy Valentine’s night. Martha and John stop in on their way through town, as well as Larry, a long haul truck driver. This intimate look at relationships is a refreshingly sweet glimpse into possible turning points.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul
13
Sat
Sharpen the Acts IV – One Act Play Festival
Jul 13 @ 7:30 pm

SHARPEN THE ACTS – PART IV
Each performance, three original one act plays.

Experience three curated plays by local writers in a unique, rural venue.

 

Performances:

Friday July 12th @7:30 PM

Saturday July 13th @7:30PM

and Sunday July 14th @2 PM

 


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“Transplant” by Mihal Zada ~ Directed by Matthew Sheahan. 

Lydia – Alexandra Bell

George – Scott Roodvoets

Paula (Officer Rezwani)- Ruth Laliberte

Andrew (Officer Lewis) – Joshua Kelly

Lydia is spending some quiet time at home while her husband George is off at the cottage with his cousin Steve, when two police officers arrive with some horrible news.  There’s been an accident and George is left incomplete.  Can something that is lost really be replaced?  Can we ever be made whole again?  Does it matter where the parts come from?  George returns home to a partner who is trying to make him come to grips with his alterations, but will he return the favor?  Can they survive the transplant?

 

“Jam Jar” by Peter Coy ~ Directed by Bill McMahon. 

PHD Student – Wendy Roy

Subject 1 – Sylvia Wan

Subject 2 – Penny Barker

Subject 3 – Heather Muir

TLGA – Margaret Ruttan.

A key is a device that is used to operate a lock. The key serves as a security token for access to the locked area; only persons having the correct key can open the lock and gain access. Locks and keys have managed to infuse themselves into every aspect of our lives. Join our PHD student as she conducts her experiment to determine whether the participants reveal themselves as locks or keys.

 

“Roadside Attraction” by Richard Lummiss ~ Directed by Karen Lupu-Jacobsohn 

Petra –  Dejaye Sproat

Martha – Lynette Thibeau

John – Bryan Coates

Larry – Scott Roodvoets .

Petra is the owner of Pete’s Big Beaver Café, open to travelers on a cold and stormy Valentine’s night. Martha and John stop in on their way through town, as well as Larry, a long haul truck driver. This intimate look at relationships is a refreshingly sweet glimpse into possible turning points.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul
14
Sun
Sharpen the Acts IV – One Act Play Festival
Jul 14 @ 2:00 pm

SHARPEN THE ACTS – PART IV
Each performance, three original one act plays.

Experience three curated plays by local writers in a unique, rural venue.

 

Performances:

Friday July 12th @7:30 PM

Saturday July 13th @7:30PM

and Sunday July 14th @2 PM

 


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“Transplant” by Mihal Zada ~ Directed by Matthew Sheahan. 

Lydia – Alexandra Bell

George – Scott Roodvoets

Paula (Officer Rezwani)- Ruth Laliberte

Andrew (Officer Lewis) – Joshua Kelly

Lydia is spending some quiet time at home while her husband George is off at the cottage with his cousin Steve, when two police officers arrive with some horrible news.  There’s been an accident and George is left incomplete.  Can something that is lost really be replaced?  Can we ever be made whole again?  Does it matter where the parts come from?  George returns home to a partner who is trying to make him come to grips with his alterations, but will he return the favor?  Can they survive the transplant?

 

“Jam Jar” by Peter Coy ~ Directed by Bill McMahon. 

PHD Student – Wendy Roy

Subject 1 – Sylvia Wan

Subject 2 – Penny Barker

Subject 3 – Heather Muir

TLGA – Margaret Ruttan.

A key is a device that is used to operate a lock. The key serves as a security token for access to the locked area; only persons having the correct key can open the lock and gain access. Locks and keys have managed to infuse themselves into every aspect of our lives. Join our PHD student as she conducts her experiment to determine whether the participants reveal themselves as locks or keys.

 

“Roadside Attraction” by Richard Lummiss ~ Directed by Karen Lupu-Jacobsohn 

Petra – Dejaye Sproat

Martha – Lynette Thibeau

John – Bryan Coates

Larry – Scott Roodvoets .

Petra is the owner of Pete’s Big Beaver Café, open to travelers on a cold and stormy Valentine’s night. Martha and John stop in on their way through town, as well as Larry, a long haul truck driver. This intimate look at relationships is a refreshingly sweet glimpse into possible turning points.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul
17
Wed
Open Mic
Jul 17 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Jul
19
Fri
Teagan McLaren
Jul 19 @ 7:30 pm

Her intimate lyrics are like words torn from her diary, and the music is the glue binding the pages together. Ever since learning to play guitar at the age of 12, Teagan McLaren found harmony in creating music about her personal triumphs and struggles. “The initial challenge for me was not in writing songs, but actually performing them,” she says, “there is an inescapable vulnerability that comes along with revealing your music to the world and hoping that someone will relate to it. That fear was quickly conquered the first time I truly connected with a person over a song I wrote.”


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Gaining her confidence, Teagan gradually upgraded from performing in her living room, to jamming with other musicians at campfires and kitchen parties. It wasn’t until 2012 that her performance career took flight when a few friends convinced her to submit an audition video for the “Billy Idol” competition. The audition video received such positive reviews that Teagan was awarded a seat among the top four finalists, winning the chance to audition in-person for country star Billy Currington.

Since then Teagan has gone on to: release a self-titled EP; place in the top 100 of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada Song Quest; win first prize at the Voice of the Rideau competition; open for multi-Juno Award winner Fred Penner, and CCMA nominees The Heartbroken; share the stage annually with Gold Record Award winner, Cliff Edwards, in a Johnny Cash and June Carter tribute show; and earn a Bachelor of Music Degree studying the saxophone.  

Teagan is currently recording her first full-length album in Nashville, Tennessee alongside producer and ACM’s Guitarist of the Year, John Willis. The album is set to be released in the Summer of 2019.  

More info at: www.teaganmclaren.com

Jul
20
Sat
Morgan Davis
Jul 20 @ 7:30 pm

For 45 years Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humour.

Originally from Detroit, Davis grew up listening to a prolific mix of rhythm and blues. The music of Jimmy Reed, Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino was in the air. He later moved to California with his family, and then in 1968 left for Canada.


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While living in Rochdale College, Toronto’s mecca for the subculture of the late 1960’s, he immersed himself in the study of Delta Blues, especially the music of Robert Johnson. Toronto’s music scene in the early 1970’s was the perfect place for Davis to cut his teeth as a journeyman, having the opportunity to see and play with many legendary performers. Bukka White, Johnny Shines, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, Hubert Sumlin, and John Hammond were encouraging supporters.

Davis hit the road with the Rhythm Rockets, The Knights of The Mystic Sea, and David Wilcox’s first band, eventually forming his own trio. Over the years he has had the priviledge of opening for Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, John Hammond, Albert Collins, and Eric Bibb. A highlight of his career was backing the phenomenal Dr.John. Morgan has shared the stage with Colin Linden, who also produced his second album, shared the stage with James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, James Harmon, Gene Taylor, Dutch Mason, Gene Taylor and many other great blues artist over the years.

Davis’ songwriting talent received international recognition when Colin James covered his searing ballad “Why’d You Lie”. Morgan’s recording “Blues Medicine”, on Electro-Fi records, garnered critical acclaim as well as awards for songwriting and production. His multi- award winning release “Painkiller” won an impressive four awards at the 2004 Maple Blues Awards and not long after took home Canada’s top music prize…the Juno for Blues Album of the Year.

Davis has established a rich career as a solo artist, and also performs with stellar lineups of musicians as a trio or full band.His most recent recording, “Drive My Blues Away on Electro-Fi records is his first solo disc. His previous recording “At Home In Nova Scotia”, pays homage to Atlantic Canada where he has been a resident since 2001.

Morgan’s passion for the Blues has never wavered…and he fully expects to be on the road for the rest of his life.

 

Jul
24
Wed
Open Mic
Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Jul
27
Sat
Classical Unbound Festival
Jul 27 @ 7:30 pm

Unleashing the chamber music concert experience around Prince Edward County wineries and the Old Church Theatre,  Classical Unbound is directed by the Ironwood Quartet.

This year’s festival includes 3 concerts:Ironwood Quartet
Friday, July 26 at The Grange, 7pm
Saturday, July 27 at the Old Church Theatre, 7:30pm
Sunday, July 28 at Hillier Creek Estates Winery, 7pm

Buy tickets individually, or attend all 3 concerts with a Weekend Pass.

SATURDAY, JULY 27
IRONWOOD UNBOUND will be held at the Old Church Theatre at 7:30pm

(TICKETS for Old Church Performance)

Ironwood Quartet performs selections from:
Pärt Fratres
Dessner Aheym
J.S. Bach Chaconne
+ Original songs by violist David Marks
+ Arrangements of folk music

“What makes the Ironwood Quartet tick?  The stuff you won’t find in our musical bios…  This concert gives Ironwood Quartet a chance to introduce ourselves to you as individuals and let our colours fly.  We’ll be sure to include some great quartet repertoire, but also some fiddling, some singing, some solos – an unrepeatable experience.”

 

Jul
28
Sun
The Colborne Library Ukulele Band
Jul 28 @ 2:00 pm

The Colborne Library Ukulele Band (The C.L.U.B.) taught by David Hayes and Wendy Bellan is a performing group consisting of 40 ukulele players from the age of 10 to 80 years old. Classes are taught for both beginners and advanced every Saturday morning. The group started in 2014 and unlike many ukulele groups this performing group also features solo singers. The group was funded by Mary Norton CEO of the Colborne Library and she also provided the space to hold classes. Other financial supporters of the group have been The Northumberland Veterinary Clinic, The Lions Club and The Rotary Club. The repertoire consists of music from the 1930’s to today’s music.

The group performs at various events throughout the Northumberland and Quinte area.

The philosophy for the creation of the group was to teach people the ukulele and perform concerts with the added bonus of a social group to give, especially older people, an environment to share music together and a reason to get outside of the home. Both the social and musical aspects have grown so that now the performing group is at a very high level of musicianship.

 

Jul
31
Wed
Open Mic
Jul 31 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Aug
7
Wed
Open Mic
Aug 7 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Aug
8
Thu
Paul Reddick
Aug 8 @ 7:30 pm

Singer, songwriter and harmonica player Paul Reddick has been performing his critically acclaimed original songs on stages across Canada, the USA and Europe for over 30 years.

Paul ReddickHe has recorded and written with Colin Linden, Tom Wilson (Lee Harvey Osmond) and MonkeyJunk among others, and recorded 10 albums of his own. His most recent recording, Ride the One (on Stony Plain Records), received the 2016 Juno Award for Best Blues Album.


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Often referred to as the Poet Laureate of the Blues, he has been exploring and pushing the boundaries of the blues art form his entire career. His dedication, “Blues is a beautiful landscape”, led him to create the annual Cobalt Prize for Contemporary Blues Composition in 2014 which encourages the growth and vitality of blues music.

Renowned for his intense and hypnotic performances, Paul Reddick has developed a loyal following amongst both his fans and musical peers and continues to be one of the most compelling performers on the Canadian music scene.

Joining Paul on stage will be Adam Beer Colacino who has played at the Old Church Theatre on two occations with the Sinner’s Choir.

Aug
9
Fri
SP2 with guest Al Lerman
Aug 9 @ 7:30 pm

SP2 is world-class blues & roots  acclaimed singers, songwriters, guitarists Steve Payne and Paul Hobday. Steve and Paul form a powerful roots/blues/boogie duo, playing original compositions appearing in folk/blues clubs and festivals throughout Europe and the UK.  They will be joined by our friend and yours, Al Lerman.

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Steve Payne has been described by many as one of the most unique guitarists, multi-instrumentalists and singer/songwriter/performers of the modern day Blues/Roots genre.
He has joined the ranks of the “almost legendary” in the Roots/Blues community, and has  shared the stage and bill with many of the greats of the Blues and Folk world, including BB King, Dr John and countless others.

 

Paul Hobday has worked for many years as a songwriter and renowned ‘gun for hire’ guitar player, working with bands and singer/songwriters performing live and in the studio.
He owns and runs his own studio ‘ from his home in Chepstow where he specializes in recording acoustic artists. In 2011, Paul joined Steve Payne for his regular “Easter Run” tour of Germany and the Netherlands, in 2011 and they have played together as a duo ever since, touring in Ireland and Canada as well as Europe.

Al Lerman is no stranger to the Old Church Theatre.  Outside of his 2X Juno Award winning band Fathead, Al has built a solid career touring as an solo blues/roots artist, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and rack harmonica. Considered among the top harmonica players in the country, his prowess on the instrument has earned him several Maple Blues nominations.

Aug
14
Wed
Open Mic
Aug 14 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Aug
21
Wed
Open Mic
Aug 21 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Aug
23
Fri
Hat Fitz & Cara
Aug 23 @ 7:30 pm

High-energy duo Hat Fitz and Cara are among Australia’s most talented roots music artists. The husband and wife team have clocked up 10 years of worldwide touring, festival performances and album releases from their base of operations in the hinterland of South East Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and are showing no signs of slowing down.                                                                

Hat Fitz and CaraTheir festival touring circuit takes in Australia, the UK, North America and Europe where   their modern blend of old-timey-influenced sounds is equally at home in a variety of settings from folk or Americana stages to blues and acoustic venues. While the singer/songwriters are both multi-instrumentalists, it’s Fitzy’s weathered vocals and soaring blues-soaked guitar combined with Cara’s pounding drums and soulful voice that show them at the peak of their creative power.


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Fitzy served his musical apprenticeship in the 1980s touring around Western Queensland playing the show circuit with his father’s band alongside boxing tent shows and rodeos. Here he came upon a vinyl album of Bo Carter playing with the Mississippi Sheiks which was to be a turning point in the way he would hone his unique style of playing. He still holds the record for the most consecutive shows at Byron Bay Bluesfest.

Meanwhile Cara was growing up in a commune on the other side of the world, living a gypsy lifestyle around various parts of the Northern Ireland coast. Through a substitute teacher at school she was introduced to the folk-blues of Leadbelly, and, by way of a cassette she bought at the age of 13, got turned on to Atlantic soul. Cara’s soul music background has seen her tour Europe and the USA with singers such as Jamiroquai and the popular Corinne Bailey-Rae. She has co-written songs with Bailey-Rae, Jeff Lang, Alison Ferrier, Aine Tyrell, David Holmes, LTJ Bukem, and many others.

Winners of Blues Album Of The Year at the 2013 Australian Chain Awards and UK Spiral Earth, Hat Fitz & Cara also won Best Vocal Of The Year at the 2015 Chain Awards and were finalists in the 2015 Memphis International Blues Challenge in the USA.

http://www.hatfitzandcara.com/

 

Aug
24
Sat
Amanda Jean
Aug 24 @ 7:30 pm

We are happy to have Amanda Jean at the Old Church.  She gave us a glimpse of her great talent a while ago with a couple of performances and now she returns with her her beautiful and unique song and writing styles. 


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“I was about five years old when my mother abruptly pulled the car over on Dundas St East in Trenton, Ontario, in front of the old Biway.
“Do that again!”, she said. So I did.
I sang,
“Yes Jesus loves me, yes Jesus loves me. Yes Jesus Loves me, for the bible tells me so”.

I had been obsessed with listening to the Bodyguard soundtrack and in doing so, fell in love w Whitney Houston’s voice.

As a kid, I was always in my room singing for hours and hours, listening to RnB and pop music. You could hear Stevie, Lauryn, Donny, Mariah and Boyz II Men (on repeat) booming down my hallway.

Recently, I asked mom (when it hit me that I had expressed loving music and singing at a very early age), “weren’t you excited to see me spending all my playtime singing in my bedroom?” Her response, “I knew you were serious when you asked for a microphone for your fourth birthday”.

My mother Tara Leavey (Artist and songwriter for RCA) was always in my periphery, singing ideas into her tape recorder or warming up her voice and greatly supporting my own endeavours. I am well aware and grateful for the musical impact she has had on me.

I have been lucky enough to find myself in the same rooms as some of the greatest musical creators and performers and in response this has helped me embrace and understand my musical self better.

Lately, people have been describing the music I have written as a fusion of RnB, Country and Jazz. I like that because when it comes to creating, the possibilities are endless and I do it because that’s who I am.

Moving forward I cant wait to see (share and hear) my sound(s) unfold through the process that is music and I am grateful for all the opportunities that have lead me here.”

Aug
28
Wed
Open Mic
Aug 28 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Sep
4
Wed
Open Mic
Sep 4 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Sep
11
Wed
Open Mic
Sep 11 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Sep
14
Sat
Texassippi Soul Man’ Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi
Sep 14 @ 7:30 pm

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Danny Brooks has long been referred to as ‘The Real Deal’ and after years of honing his writing and performing skills in Canada, picking up nominations and awards along the way, Brooks is at home in the Texas music scene and traveling throughout the USA. Mixing Southern Soul, Americana, Blues and Gospel, he is quickly being recognized as a prolific writer and dynamic live performer, and is constantly on the road. 

Making Llano Texas his home (just west of Austin), ‘Texassippi Soul Man’ Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi are releasing their second ‘Texas’ studio recording ‘This World Is Not Your Friend’, at Larry Nye’s La-Z-L Studio, slated for a January 15th release. This recording will please those who have long expressed a desire to hear a ‘stripped down’ approach to Brooks music, in that it will feature the duo he has with his wife Debi Middlebrook Brooks who sings and plays cajon/percussion while Brooks plays assorted guitars/slide/cigar-box/stomp-board and harp-rack.

Brooks has worked with Legendary producers Jim Dickinson on ‘Its A Southern Thing’ which received high praise fromCub Coda (Smokin’ In The Boy Room/All Music Guide), Johnny Sandlin, (Capri

corn Records Producer) on ‘No Easy Way Out’, that featured the legendary Muscle Shoals musicians David HoodSpooner OldhamBonnie BramlettFrazer Mohawk (Elektra) and bassist Tim Drummond (Bob Dylan/Neil Young/James Brown) referred to Brooks as the Real Deal on NorthernBlues recording ‘Saved! The NorthernBlues Gospel Allstars’. On the first two Soulsville recordings, Brookscredits Richard Bell, (Janice Joplin/The Band/Colin Linden) who produced and played keyboards as preparing him for the world stage.

‘Texassippi Soul Man’ Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi hit the road January 31st on their ‘Blue Highway Tour’ (they make a good racket on assorted guitars/stomp-board/harp-rack/cajon/percussion and singing with all their might, with an Elite 3 way Yorkville PA System). As situations dictate, they perform with both Canadian and American bands. Info on the Canadian andAmerican bands is available on the website. T

heir duo live show has drawn comparisons to White Stripes/Black Keys/Keb Mo/Allman Bros.

Crucial Music in Studio City California is representing Brooks’ music to film/tv/commercials and has had ‘You’ll Find A Way’, a soul ballad from Rock This House aired on ABC’s TV Show The Fosters.

“He’s that special musical jewel that we’ve never really had in Canada … he’s our Solomon Burke, Otis Redding, Taj Mahal and Ralph Stanley rolled into one performer”. Chris Darton/Maple Blues Magazine

“Listening to Danny Brooks is like driving out of Memphis, TN on a sunny Saturday morning into the Mississippi Delta listening to WDIA. It’s one of those things where time stands still. A dash of Eddie Hinton, Solomon Burke, Rev. James Cleveland and Howlin’ Wolf are all ingredients in Danny’s soulful musical stew’” states Greg Martin of the Kentucky Headhunters.

“Son for a white boy, you sho’ nuff got a sun tan on the inside” Brownie McGhee

Maybe Greg Quill, noted musician and arts writer for the Toronto Star, sums it up the best: ‘This is Roots music of great distinction.’

 

 

Sep
18
Wed
Open Mic
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Sep
21
Sat
Noah Zacharin
Sep 21 @ 7:30 pm

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Noah Zacharin is a widely acclaimed guitar master, multi-genre songwriter, and dynamic performer. He was given his first guitar at age 9, wrote his first song at 13, and began performing at 14. In December 2015 Zacharin became a full-time recording and touring musician, and is more thrilled than ever to be doing what he’s always done.Born in Montreal, Zacharin splits his time between Toronto, the road, and an off-grid cabin on the Canadian Shield.

He has been called “a stunning guitarist…no stylistic boundaries” (Holger Peterson, CBC, Stony Plain Records), “a wonderful songwriter and performer” (Paul Mills, Borealis Records), “a poet, a songwriter, a singer we have been waiting for” (the late Penny Lang), “a great guitarist/ singer/ songwriter…a wonderfully musical player” (Randy Finney, Founder TFGA), “in a league of his own” (Brian Gladstone, Founder and AD Winterfolk Festival), “one of the best songwriters this country has produced” (the late great Rick Fielding, recording artist, radio host), and “deserving to be mentioned in the same breath with names such as James Taylor and David Wilcox” (Minor 7th).

Zacharin’s recordings have all garnered popular and critical praise: Strange Ridermade a number of ‘Best-Of’ lists for 2016. AStartle of Wings,his 8th CD, will be released in mid-May, while the songs for his 9th are on-deck, awaiting their turn in the studio. Also in the works is a DVD re-release of fan-favourite “Waiting on Your Love” which will include ASL video and a previously unreleased tune.

As a soloist he has opened shows for Odetta, David Lindley, Dave Van Ronk, Jesse Winchester, Alex de Grassi, and Fairport Convention, and performed internationally in 100’s of venues from club to concert hall. As a producer and instrumentalist he has performed with some of Canada’s finest and appears on some 60 recordings from across North America. As a writer, his songs have been recorded by popular performer and radio host Laura Fernandez (who translated the song into Spanish), Rolling Stone (India) Cover Artist Rehan Dalal, and double-slide master, the late Brian Cober.

He has officially showcased at BC Contact (2008), FARM (October 2016), and SERFA (May 2017).

Noah Zacharin is also an award-winning poet (“a remarkable ability to articulate efficient, powerfully condensed ideas”: What 18/19)and translator, having won McGill’s Chester-Macnaghten poetry prize and Matrix Magazine’s translation prize. He has published hundreds of poems, translations, and reviews,in periodicals and anthologies worldwide, and is currently at work on several volumes of poetry, and a number of children’s books.

In his spare time Zacharin reads, cycles, walks, and practices tai chi and kung fu.

 

 

Sep
25
Wed
Open Mic
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Sep
28
Sat
Mark Martyre
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm

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Mark Martyre is a Canadian writer and musician. His prolific songwriting has produced 5 full-length studio albums since 2012: Down, Record (2012), London (2013), Red Letters (2014), Bluebird (2016), and Rivers (2017), as well as several live records, and bootlegs. His music has garnered critical acclaim and attention both nationally and internationally, and has earned him “Best Songwriter” and “Album of the Year” nominations. In 2016, Mark also published a collection of his lyrics, spanning his music between 2012-2016., and has had several poems published in online journals and literary magazines.

“There is a certain wryness about Martyre’s voice which makes it perfect for telling stories about knowing the truth and bearing the weight of it so that someone else doesn’t have to before their time.”

-Juliette Jagger, Rock and Roll Journalist / alancross.ca

 

 

Oct
2
Wed
Open Mic
Oct 2 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Oct
3
Thu
Red Dirt Skinners
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm

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Described by Roots Music Canada as “The Pink Floyd of Folk Music” the Red Dirt Skinners are the multi-award winning, multi-instrumentalist husband and wife team of Rob and Sarah Skinner.

The first act in history to achieve accolades at both the British Blues and British Country Awards, the duo’s unique sound also won them folk/roots album of the year in several polls across the UK and North America and saw them nominated duo of the year at the International Acoustic Music Awards.
 
With male and female harmonies blending together as one voice and Sarah’s trademark soprano saxophone solos, you will be swept along by the refreshingly different sound of the Red Dirt Skinners.
 
If you like songs influenced by Pink Floyd, Simon and Garfunkel, Supertramp, Crosby Stills and Nash, David Bowie coupled with some epic storytelling, humour and heartfelt emotions, you’ll love a Red Dirt Skinners concert.

 “Musically set apart from the mass of bands who are just copying what has gone before” Music News

After winning Instrumentalist of the Year at the British Blues Awards in 2014, Sarah became the first female artist to be endorsed by Trevor James Saxophones, UK. 
“The space where the vocals of Sarah and Rob Skinner meet features two tones existing as a single note”. The Alternate Root Magazine
 
In July 2017 it was deemed by Canadian Immigration that the Red Dirt Skinners were “performers of a world class level” and they were invited to become Canadian residents. Having already completed several successful Canadian tours, the Skinners were thrilled and honoured at the invitation and took up residency almost immediately. 
The duo’s latest album, Under Utopian Skies, is a testament to their love of Canada and is described by Trevor Oxborrow of Folk At Five as “A masterpiece of audio bliss”.
 
Advocates for finding the positives in every situation, Rob and Sarah spend much of their off-tour time encouraging new artists into the music scene and finding them performance opportunities.
 
A Red Dirt Skinners concert combines captivating storytelling with knowing lyricism and outstanding musicianship. The Skinners have a natural rapport with their audiences and their live shows are a wonderful experience; a musical journey to remember. Be prepared for laugh out loud lyrics, followed by songs sure to pull at your heartstrings. Rob and Sarah Skinner will steal your hearts.  Don’t miss their show!
Oct
9
Wed
Open Mic
Oct 9 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Oct
11
Fri
Durham County Poets
Oct 11 @ 7:30 pm

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Durham County Poets are from the Chateauguay valley located in Quebec, Canada. Their influences are varied, from blues to folk, from jazz to gospel, with elements of the Band, James Taylor, Jimmy Reed, even some Leon Redbone. Each member brings a different musical background to the band that marries into a sound that has been labeled as soulful folk.

“This group plays bluesy country/folk with a lot of verve. The lead singer sits in his wheelchair and just kills every vocal. The recording on “River” has mostly an ambient sound with very little reverb. It gives the listener a sense of sitting in a living room somewhere, listening to the band crank out one great tune after another.”  Acoustic Live in New York City, album review

 

“The Poets lay down a sweet acoustic groove that’s subtle, yet captivating.  Utilizing strong players on double bass, acoustic guitar, stellar electric guitar, percussion utilizing primarily brushes, they gently work around Kevin Harvey’s soulful lead vocals.  I think every song I heard from them had at least one intriguing key change, further tenderizing the overall sound.  Both acoustic and electric guitars often played together, uttering an almost piano sound with their blend.  Watch for them next time they’re around.”  —Steve Tennant Medium

“Enjoy the groove and good humor of The Durham County Poets.”  John Platt, WFUV, radio (Fordham University Public Media)

“Il ne fait aucun doute qu’on a affaire à un collectif de musiciens chevronnés et talentueux: une des belles découvertes de l’année!”   Pierre Lamontagnele, Le net blues, 2014

“Kevin Harvey’ s rich voice and nuanced delivery covers the scope of life…. with ballads and blues-inflected originals, some swing and genial humour. Guitarist David Whyte’s guitar solos are pure grace. The Poets will get you dancing in the hallways, laughing, and feeling those blues. ”  Spirit of Rasputin, Ottawa, Can.

Oct
16
Wed
Open Mic
Oct 16 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Oct
19
Sat
Graham Nicholas
Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm

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Over the last two years, Graham Nicholas has quickly become a permanent fixture on the folk and roots scene in Ontario.  He has created an emotionally resonant world inhabited by troubled and love hungry characters. Never alienated for their insecurities, his characters are instead respected by the empathetic voice of an honest songwriter.
On Sometimes Chicken, Sometimes Feathers, his latest full- length album, Nicholas has created an emotionally resonant world inhabited by troubled and love-hungry characters. Never alienated for their insecurities, his characters are instead respected by the empathetic voice of an honest songwriter. The album finds Nicholas honing in on his concise form of storytelling and refining his irreverent sense of humor. Coupling the narratives with a backing band that harkens back to the likes of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and The Band, Nicholas’ songs have found the right balance of warmth and grit.

The Follow up to hi EP, Ruby and Other Bedtime Stories, Sometimes Chicken Sometimes Feathers was recorded at Sugar Shack Studios in London, Ontario and produces by Aaron Comeau.

“John Prine would be proud.” – Americana UK

Oct
23
Wed
Open Mic
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Oct
30
Wed
Open Mic
Oct 30 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Nov
2
Sat
Carlos del Junco & The Blues Mongrels
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm

Tickets TBA

It’s probably a good thing Carlos wasn’t there when the harmonica appeared in North America in the 1860s. Neil Young and Bob Dylan can probably roll with it when he says they are very mediocre harmonica players. Aspiring harmonica players Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid might have overreacted and pulled out their pistols.

Carlos has been awarded Gold Medals from the Hohner World Harmonica Championship in Trossingen, Germany, as well as multiple national awards in Canada which includes Carlos’ eight time Harmonica Player of The Year wins at the Maple Leaf Blues Awards.

To say he plays the harmonica is like saying “Jimi Hendrix plays guitar”. He blows the blues harp through a prism — suddenly it seems he’s holding every colour in the musical rainbow right there in his hands. Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, his playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz (hence the name for his band “The Blues Mongrels”, they could just as well be called “The Jazz Mongrels”). The emphasis is on blues, but they are not afraid to merrily traipse off in other directions delivering a seamless fusion of New Orleans second line grooves, jazz swing, Latin, hip-hop or ska melodies, to swampy roots rock.

The Blues Mongrels are: bassist Henry Heillig (founded the nine piece Latin band Manteca), and guitarist Eric St. Laurent. Get ready to trash all you thought you knew about the harmonica. The Blues Mongrels deliver a no-holds-barred display of fun and melodic virtuosity.

 

 

For more information about Carlos: http://www.carlosdeljunco.com

 

photo - Milton Young

photo – Milton Young

2010 JUNO NOMINATION for STEADY MOVIN’ cd

1997 – 2013 Harmonica Player of the Year – EIGHT time WINNER

2005 “Best Blues” Award – NOW Magazine, Toronto, ON

1998 JUNO NOMINATION for BIG BOY cd

1996 Blues Musician of the Year Award: Jazz Report Magazine

1993 Hohner World Harmonica Championship – Trossingen, Germany Two Gold Medals in both diatonic blues and diatonic jazz

QUOTES:

“…a model of focus and urgency..a true virtuoso..
Brad Wheeler – The Globe and Mail

“One listen to the man who bent his first notes on the harmonica at the age of fourteen and it’s obvious he’s in a class with such greats as Toots Theilemans, Paul Butterfield, and Howard Levy…
Peter North – The Edmonton Journal

“FOUR (out of 4) STARS – Latest Cd Review: MONGREL MASH
It’s not likely that you’ll ever hear the harmonica played so well and in so many different ways than at the hands of Cuban-born Torontonian Carlos del Junco. But what makes his album an especial treat is the sheer let’s-do-it positive energy that radiates from the eclectic collection of nine tracks. Mongrel Mash refers to the crazy mix of styles, ranging from deep, heavy-duty blues-rock (“Mojo”) to Herb Alpert’s slightly cheesy “Slick,” and jivin’ “Lil’ Laptop” to sweet, rootsy ballad “The Field,” which arrives via languid dobro set-up. Del Junco may be the headliner, but the songs and arrangements shine the light on an excellent band of equals who all get some time in the sonic spotlight. There is something here to put a smile on anyone’s face — and it only gets better with each listen. My favourite: Del Junco’s own “My Favourite Uncle,” a gently hip-swinging sweep down Louisiana way.
John Terauds – TORONTO STAR

Nov
6
Wed
Open Mic
Nov 6 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Nov
13
Wed
Open Mic
Nov 13 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Nov
14
Thu
Daniel Champagne
Nov 14 @ 7:30 pm

​One reviewer recently wrote – ‘Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical’

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The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road.

The next several years saw him traversing North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and of course, his homeland Australia playing such festivals as California WorldFest, Winnipeg Folk Fest, Vancouver and Mariposa Folk (Canada), Belgium’s Labadoux Festival and Australia’s Woodford, Falls Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and the legendary Byron Bay Bluesfest.   He has toured and shared stages with Jake Shimabukuro, Jesse Cook, Roderigo Y Gabriela, Richard Shindell, The Ragbirds, The Waifs, Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, INXS, John Butler, KT Tunstall and Ani DiFranco.

As one reviewer recently wrote, “still in his early twenties, the distances he has been would be more frequently associated with veterans of the Folk scene” (The Dwarf).

Daniel has accomplished all of this while writing, producing and independently releasing two Eps, Gypsy Moon Volumes 1 and 2, his first long player ‘Pint of Mystery’ (2011)  ‘My Own Design’ (2009), ‘Wide Eyed and Open’ (2010),  ‘Real Live’ (2012), and ‘The Heartland Hurricanes’ (2014), and ‘Fault Lines’ (2017). His latest release the ‘Satellite City EP’ (2018) is comprised of three singles, Satellite City (out Sept 14), Indigo (out Oct 12), and The Great Divide (out Nov 1).

A review of his two Gypsy Moon releases said the following: ‘Champagne has gone a step further this time, it’s like he’s realized his own potential, his confidence is sky-high and he’s truly ready to explore’  –  Australia’s roots music bible Rhythms Magazine

Now regarded as a leading light in acoustic music, with a firm reputation for making festivals buzz, holding crowds in his palm, dropping jaws and breaking guitars wherever he goes. Daniel Champagne has relocated to North America where he continues his exciting career as an international touring and recording artist.

Nov
20
Wed
Open Mic
Nov 20 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Nov
23
Sat
Al Lerman
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm

Al Lerman, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and leader of the two-time Juno Award winning band Fathead RETURNS to the Old Church!

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Outside of his 2X Juno Award winning band Fathead, AL LERMAN has built a solid career touring as an solo blues/roots artist, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and rack harmonica. Considered among the top harmonica players in the country, his prowess on the instrument has earned him several Maple Blues nominations. His saxophone and harmonica has been heard on countless recordings and live sessions with some of the best in the blues. A full-time musician for over forty years with a stunning catalogue of original material, Lerman casts a magical spell on his audience employing ace musicianship, laid-back humour and plenty of heartfelt soul.
“Lerman’s compositions are, for the most part, quietly unassuming mini-masterpieces. He is an absolute master… every note tempered by experience yet delivered with undiminished energy and enthusiasm, and Lerman has clearly taken the time to get things right – despite being his solo debut, this is the work of a mature and thoughtful artist. Lerman has a winner here – highly recommended!”
-John Taylor, Blinded By Sound

“Lerman, a super harp player, singer and guitarist has assembled a cool all acoustic set he should be proud of.”
-B-Man’s Blues Report, USA

“With no-one to lean on up there, he takes right over, and puts on the kind of show you want as a blues fan, a great voice and fine playing.”
-CBC Radio

“For those looking for great acoustic blues, Al Lerman is a must!”
-Rootstime (Belgium)

“An album in which one of Canada’s best harp players, singer/songwriters sits down and offers up a stunning twelve song performance. One of my favourites so far for this year.”
-John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network

“One of Canada’s finest examples of how good blues harp should be played… and a solid reminder of his skills as a songwriter. You’ll find many highlights here as Al stuts his stuff. Lerman is a hard-working musician who proves himself worthy of his rightful piece of the pie.
-Eric Thom, Roots Music Canada

Nov
27
Wed
Open Mic
Nov 27 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Dec
4
Wed
Open Mic
Dec 4 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Dec
7
Sat
Rob Lutes
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm

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On his seventh album, acclaimed Canadian songwriter Rob Lutes does what he has done for years: kicks up a little dust, wades into some deep waters and tackles the realities of the world with depth, humour and a unique musical style.

Situated at the intersection of the blues, folk, Americana and contemporary singer-songwriter genres, Walk in the Dark is an exquisite collection of songs that highlight Lutes’s unmistakable voice and literary writing style. Co-produced with celebrated Montreal producer and Cirque de Soleil collaborator Rob Heaney, the album features a group of Canada’s finest roots and blues players, including guitarist Rob MacDonald and keyboardist Bob Stagg along with noted artists Ian Kelly, Guy Bélanger and Joe Grass. It finds Lutes, a Kerrville New Folk winner, Maple Blues and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee, exploring a wide range of subjects and paying homage to some heroes: James Cotton (on There’s No Way to Tell You That Tonight) and guitarist Joseph Spence (on the instrumental Spence).
Recorded mainly over three days in late January in a small studio in Montreal’s Notre Dame de Grace borough, the recording captures the essence of Lutes’s soulful voice and rhythmic guitar style, enveloped by a group of players who are no stranger to his groove. Featuring 12 new originals, including two co-writes with award-winning Americana songwriter Dale Boyle, and the forgotten John Prine gem Rocky Mountain Time, the album digs deep into the roots of Canadian and American music and delivers another strong statement. “This album, of all of them, was a journey into the unknown, which is why I like the title so much,” Lutes says. “With a great co-producer, and a group of phenomenal players and friends, I went in to the studio to find these songs. And I really feel like we did that.”

Dec
11
Wed
Open Mic
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!

Dec
18
Wed
Open Mic
Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm

 
During the summer we’re taking advantage of the nice weather, cooking wood fired pizza and changing the Wednesday open mic format to an acoustic ‘jam/song circle’ under our big tent. We get together anytime after 6PM and we’ll just take it where it goes from there! We won’t be plugging in or signing up. It’s a completely informal gig. Hope you can make it.

On rainy nights we’ll just move it back indoors and follow our usual Open Mic format.  

Everyone welcome….players, singers, poets, comedians, and of most importance…..a supportive audience!